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MONTICELLO, NY (October 12, 2015) — The Sullivan County Office for the Aging has scheduled a Public Hearing on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 2 Jefferson Street, Monticello, NY to gain input from older residents, baby boomers, and other interested FLYER. CRC Senior Safety Day. 2015 Finalparties on programs and services provided by the agency. The Public Hearing begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and a free continental breakfast.

The Office for the Aging provides such programs as home delivered meals and congregate meals, in-home services, assistance to informal caregivers, information and assistance, Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP), Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Sullivan NYCONNECTS, shopping bus and medical transportation. Information gathered at the public hearing will be
used in the development of the Agency’s Annual Plan for services which must be submitted to the New York State Office for the Aging by December 1, 2015.

Following the Public Hearing, Senior Safety Day: Domestic Violence; Senior Services Expo: Learn about senior programs and services.

 


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SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (October 11, 2015) — Each year the Sullivan County Historical Society presents deserving groups or individuals with awards honoring them as either Sullivan County history make1br or Sullivan County history preserver.

This year’s award recipients are Harold Gold as History Maker and Elsie Winterberger as History Preserver.

The importance of the History Maker Award recognizes efforts made by Harold Gold, a resident of South Fallsburg, for his over 65 years of community involvement and his role, as a charter member of the College Board of Trustees, with the establishment of the Sullivan County Community College. Mr. Gold is well known throughout the county and does not need much introduction. He has worked tirelessly in many organizations, both within his town and throughout the county, always taking the long view. While the education of young people has always been of great ongoing value, there was a time when it was not clear if Sullivan County would ever have a school of higher learning to attract students and teachers from all over the world. It took a major fight to navigate the paperwork, the politics and the financial wherewithal to make the college a reality. Harold Gold is a popular civic leader and the last remaining member of the nine original College Trustees. He is well deserving of the History Maker Award for this and untold community organizations in which he participates.

The importance of the History Preserver Award recognizes the efforts made by Elsie Winterberger, a past resident of the Town Forestburgh. Elsie spent seventeen years as Forestburgh Town Historian, contributing to the historical preservation of the details of historical events large and small, yet all of specific interest to many. Appointed in 1974, her activities included not only gathering of historical material, but also spearheading many preservation projects within the town. Most importantly, Elsie shared her historical knowledge though a weekly newspaper column, Forestburgh Lore, in the pages of the Sullivan County Democrat and other local publications beginning in 1977.

The 2015 honors will be presented their awards during the SCHS Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Sunday, October 18th at the Rockland House, in Roscoe, New York. The event will begin with a 4:00 p.m. social hour followed by the dinner served at 5:00 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $30 per person.

The public is also invited to support the nominees by advertising in the SCHS Annual Meeting and Awards Diner Journal.

Dinner reservations for the opportunity to honor these deserving recipients and for more information concerning placing journal advertisements please contact the Sullivan County Historical Society at 845-434-8044. It is hoped that the public will take this moment to share in celebration of the honorees’ achievements.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (October 8, 2015) — Sullivan County has taken an important step toward a more secure, sustainable and affordable energy future. On October 2nd the not-for-profit Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD) submitted a petition to the New bens-jpeg-sasd-logo-color1York State Public Service Commission seeking authorization to establish a countywide Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program.

A CCA program allows a municipality, in this case Sullivan County, to bundle the electricity purchases of all residents and businesses within its jurisdiction to secure a lower price. Because a CCA can purchase energy on behalf of tens of thousands of customers, it can negotiate lower rates that are not otherwise available to retail customers.

Under the terms of a resolution unanimously adopted by the county legislature, the Sullivan County CCA (SCCCA) must offer an electric rate that is equal to, or lower than, the prevailing rate. SCCCA may also offer customers a premium, 100% renewable energy option.

But SCCCA is not only about achieving immediate cost savings for consumers. It will also seek to develop local renewable energy resources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric.

SASD founder Dick Riseling explains, “Renewable energy production will create good local jobs, provide county residents with reliable energy supplies for years to come, and insulate us from the wildly fluctuating prices of fossil fuels.” Riseling also points out that “To the extent that Sullivan County can produce its own power, the money that customers spend on electricity will stay within the county.”

The SCCCA proposal was written by SASD board members and staff in consultation with the offices of the County Attorney and the County Manager. SCCCA will be developed and administered at no cost to county taxpayers.

For further information: E-mail sasdonline@gmail.com. Telephone: Carol Roig at 845-557-0343, or Bruce Ferguson at 845-482-5037.

Fred Edwards of Liberty among names added to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial as part of Firefighter Appreciation Day.

NEW YORK STATE (October 7, 2015) — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the names of eight fallen firefighters who have been added to the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial located at the Empire State Plaza. With the addition of these eight firefighters, the edwards-fredFallen Firefighters Memorial now contains the names of 2,398 individuals who lost their lives in the line of duty.

“Today, we pay tribute to these brave individuals who gave their lives while protecting their neighbors and their communities,” Governor Cuomo said. “With the additions to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial, we will help ensure that their sacrifices and their dedication to the safety of others will not be forgotten.”

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and other state officials recognized the contributions of these eight courageous individuals at the 18th Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony today in Albany. During the ceremony, Governor Cuomo issued two proclamations honoring the state’s career and volunteer firefighters. The proclamations mark Tuesday, October 6, as Firefighter Appreciation Day, and the week of October 5-11 as Fire Prevention Week.

Lieutenant Governor Hochul said, “New York is proud to honor the heroic service of our firefighters who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of protecting us from danger. This memorial is an enduring reminder that we cherish their bravery, their mission, and their loved ones. We bestow our everlasting gratitude to these eight individuals today, and on behalf of Governor Cuomo, we vow to never forget.”

New York State Fire Administrator Bryant D. Stevens said, “This memorial serves as an everlasting tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their duties. While firefighters understand the dangers they face, the names enshrined on this wall is a stark reminder to every New Yorker of this fact and of the sacrifices made by firefighters every day.”

“Today, I join fire chiefs and emergency responders from throughout New York State to recognize and remember our comrades who have made the supreme sacrifice. We pay tribute to the families of the fallen and will ensure that their sacrifice will be forever honored,” said New York State Association of Fire Chiefs President Chief Daniel J. Schwertfeger.

“Today we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Tens of thousands of firefighters across this great State put their lives on the line every day in to protect their families, their friends, their neighbors, and complete strangers alike. It is our duty never to forget those who have answered their final call,” said Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President Robert McConville.

And New York State Professional Fire Fighters Association President Michael McManus said, “It is with heavy hearts that we remember the brave men and women who we have lost in the line of duty, protecting the citizens of New York State. We recall their bravery and sacrifice and extend our thoughts and prayers to their families and fellow firefighters.”

This year’s additions to the Fallen Firefighters Memorial are:

· Timothy T. Gunther, Firefighter, Poughkeepsie Fire Department, Dutchess County – May 5, 2015
· Joseph Sanford, Jr., Firefighter, Inwood Fire Department, Nassau County – December 23, 2014
· Gordon M. Ambelas, Lieutenant, New York City Fire Department, Kings County – July 5, 2014
· Fred Edwards, Firefighter, Liberty Fire Department, Sullivan County – May 7, 2014
· Kevin J. Bristol, Firefighter, Peekskill Fire Department, Westchester County – March 3, 2014
· Ross E. Huffer, Firefighter, Nesconset Fire Department, Suffolk County – February 27, 2014
· Kevin E. Townes, Sr., Firefighter, Mount Vernon Fire Department, Westchester County – December 8, 2011
· David E. Smith, Captain, Howells Fire Company #1, Orange County – April 11, 2006

Fred Edwards joined the Liberty Hose and Truck Co. No. 2 in August 1967 and remained an active member for 47 years. He served as fire commissioner, lieutenant and trustee with the Liberty Fire Department and also served with the Hudson Valley Firemen and Red Vest Associations. He was a lifelong resident of Liberty and a member of the Fraternal Order of Free Masons and Liberty Elks Lodge.

Fred passed away, at age 66, at his home on May 7, 2014 after participating in a training drill the night before and one earlier in the day, leaving behind his wife Diane, two brothers who also served in the Liberty Fire Department and several other family members. 

The Fallen Firefighters Memorial, dedicated in 1998, honors the memory and the valor of our fallen firefighters, as well as pays tribute to the more than 100,000 New York State firefighters who put their lives on the line every day. On average, New York’s firefighters respond to over 1.3 million incidents annually, which represents approximately 3561 events every day, 148 calls per hour, and 2.47 calls per minute.

MONTICELLO, NY (October 6, 2015) — Senior safety is an ongoing theme for the Sullivan County TRIAD collaboration with a continued effort to prevent elder abuse and maintain the quality and integrity of senior life. TRIAD, a partnership between senior citizens, law triadenforcement, and senior support agencies, announces the sixth annual Senior Safety Day on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

The public can learn about senior programs and services at this free event occurring from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Ted Stroeble Recreation Center on 10 Jefferson Street in Monticello. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) and Office for the Aging (OFA) will collaborate through the Caregiver Resource Center to offer this free opportunity emphasizing National Domestic Violence Prevention month.

The OFA’s annual public forum will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by guest speakers’ programs on domestic violence and elder abuse. A buffet lunch with homemade dessert will be provided and door prizes awarded at the conclusion of the event.

Speakers include Liliam Stettner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Christine Fiorile Harrington, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley attorney. Stettner discuss elder abuse and share an informative video entitled, “An Age for Justice: Confronting Elder Abuse in America”. Harrington will facilitate a conversation on financial abuse.

Pre-registration for this free event is requested in advance. Registration and more information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180 or emailing sullivan@cornell.edu.

The Caregiver Resource Center is a co-partnered program between Cornell Cooperative Extension and Office for the Aging of Sullivan County and is supported by a grant from the NYS Office for the Aging’s Caregiver Program.

LIBERTY, NY (October 5, 2015) — The public is invited to take advantage of the bountiful harvest of apples this fall at an educational workshop on safe home food preservation techniques using healthy apples as the main ingredient. On Saturday, 1565662_995f2779October 24, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will offer this unique class from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the shared-use, Entrepreneurial and Teaching (EaT) Kitchen at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty. A light lunch will be provided.

CCESC Master Food Preserver Volunteers, Jessica Gibbons, Bonnie Makofsky, Karen Mariner, Wendy Tushak, and Cheyenne Zigmund will demonstrate home food preservation methods as recommended by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Participants will gain hands-on experience in hot water bath canning, freezing, and dehydration and will learn ways to store foods for an extended period of time. No prior knowledge of food preservation is needed. Attendees will receive food samples.

Cost is $45.00 per person, including lunch. Space is limited and pre-registration with non-refundable payment is required in advance. Seats are only guaranteed with payment. Registration and more information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180, emailing sullivan@cornell.edu, or visiting www.sullivancce.org. Payment can be made in advance by check, cash, or credit. Additional donations for CCESC programs are appreciated.

acqodEqKiSULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (October 4, 2015) – The editor and staff of the Catskill Chronicle apologize for the inactivity of the past week. Our computer died (this one is borrowed), and it may be another few days before we are back up and running.

In the meantime, please take this opportunity to catch up on some of our past stories and columns. Thanks so much for your patience.

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